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Business grants and loans

Town centre and green energy business grant schemes

We offer grants of up to £10,000 to businesses which can be used to:

  • Bring empty properties back into use
  • Help business owners smarten up their shop fronts
  • Reduce carbon and energy costs

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Kent and Medway Growth Hub 

The Growth Hub is a local team of Business Support Navigators that can help you find and access grants and other business support. 

Other grants and loans for businesses

  • South East Business Boost
    Grants between £1,000 - £10,000 for new and existing SMEs (100% start up grants for new businesses).
  • Green Recovery Voucher Scheme
    Kent County Council's Green Recovery Voucher Scheme can help firms build back from the pandemic in a way which is sustainable for the environment. They can redeem a voucher worth up to £1,500 for green goods.

  • New Enterprise Allowance
    From the Department for Work and Pensions, the New Enterprise Allowance gives money and help to support to start-up businesses. You need to be receiving certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. 
  • UnLtd
    UnLtd are a charity that find, fund, and support Social Entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life and build sustainable social ventures 
  • Kent and Medway Business Fund
    0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 for small and medium sized businesses
  • Innovation loans 
    0% loans to small and medium sized businesses
  • Kent Life Science Fund (KLSF)
    A fund that invests in small high-growth companies active in life sciences.
  • No Use Empty loan
    Loans for property owners to convert empty buildings into quality residential housing
  • Start Up Loan 
    Low interest loans for pre-start and early stage businesses. Borrow up to £25,000 at a 6% fixed interest rate

Starting a business

There are different regulations and regulatory bodies that you need to deal with, depending on the kind of business you are creating. 

It is your responsibility to find out what regulations are relevant to you and what you need to do, rather than risk fines or your business having to close.  The Better Business for All website provides guidance on a wide range of subjects and includes: